A CAT Approach to Organisational Dynamics ~ 15 September 2017

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A CAT Approach to Organisational Dynamics

The impact of context on relationships at work

A 1-day workshop led by Robyn Vesey and Penny Wilson

Event Hashtag: #CATorg17
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Some feedback from participants:

Really enjoyed the day and found all of it v. helpful.

Particularly valued opportunity to work through own organizational issue. Also really enjoyed hearing about work of facilitators

Case study was useful and exploration re wider political elements

I think this was a very helpful day and the group dynamics were great

Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00
Please note there is an additional £15.00 fee if invoicing is requested.
The workshop fee includes lunch, refreshments and handouts.

Overview of workshop:

This workshop introduced the use of cognitive analytic therapy in understanding organisational dynamics and addressing organisational issues. The workshop also introduced new concepts for understanding work organisational systems and linked these with CAT. Through presentations and participative exercises participants were given the opportunity to develop skills in working organisationally from a CAT perspective. Bringing their own organisational issue, participants will had space to explore the ways they might wish to develop their supervisory, managerial or organisational roles given the understandings from the day.

Aims and learning outcomes:

The workshop aimed to help participants to:

  • Understand CAT concepts in relation to organisational dynamics
  • Identify the dynamics operating in their own work organisational context
  • Develop their sense of the impact of the organisational ‘third’ on their supervisory, managerial and peer relationships
  • Take away learning from the day that is  relevant to their own organisational role, with clarity about next steps emerging from this

Who was it for?

The day had relevance for qualified CAT therapists, supervisors and trainers interested in

  • understanding the impact of organisational context on their work
  • developing their organisational thinking using CAT
  • having a space to consider their working relationships

The day was also open to other qualified therapists and professionals with a good working knowledge of CAT, interested in building an understanding of organisational context upon their familiarity with CAT theory and concepts.

Facilitators: The workshop was facilitated by Dr Robyn Vesey and Dr Penny Wilson

Dr Robyn Vesey is an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Supervisor, with a background in Clinical Psychology. She held a managerial role as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and now works as an Organisational Consultant at Tavistock Consulting, at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Robyn has previously written about the impact of the changes in the NHS on CAT therapy services and completed an MA in Management and Organisational Dynamics at the University of Essex in 2013.

Robyn has taught CAT on the Doctoral Programme for Clinical Psychology at the University of East London for a number of years. She has offered one-day and half-day training to multi-disciplinary team members in adult mental health services, and offered a bespoke two-day training on CAT for psychiatrists working in mental health services. She has facilitated workshops at two ACAT conferences.

Dr Penny Wilson is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and accredited CAT therapist. She is an Associate Fellow of the BPS. Penny has extensive experience of working within the NHS, including posts in primary care and specialist secondary care mental health services. She also spent some time in private practice in London. Penny currently works for Hertfordshire Partnership Trust in an acute service.